Victim in attack at Valleyview motel says he did not see assailant

Steven Gardner and Sharon Hartling are standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on charges stemming from the September 2018 incident at the Tournament Inn.

A Kamloops man who was jumped and beaten during a 2018 home invasion in Valleyview told a judge on Monday that he did not see his attacker.

Steven Gardner and Sharon Hartling are standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on charges stemming from the incident at the Tournament Inn.

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Gardner is charged with break and enter, as well as four firearms charges, while Hartling is facing one count of break and enter and two weapons charges relating to knives.

Police were called to unit 17 at the Tournament Inn at 1893 Trans-Canada Hwy. E. on Sept. 13, 2018.

Four people were inside the suite, including Gardner and Hartling. Three guns — a Beretta handgun, a sawed-off shotgun and another shotgun with an altered serial number — were seized, all of which were alleged to have been in Gardner’s possession.

Court heard a resident of the Tournament Inn was returning home at about 11 p.m. when he was beaten.

“I was attacked from behind,” Darryl Kerr testified on Monday. “I was hit about the head and pushed into the residence.”

Kerr said he could not see who hit him.

Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo said police arriving at the motel looked through a window and saw someone hiding “something long” — alleged to be a gun — under a mattress.

“The police lifted up the mattress and found three firearms, two of which were restricted or prohibited,” Caputo said. “These firearms, particularly the two restricted or prohibited firearms, were loaded or had readily accessibly ammunition.”

Neither Gardner nor Hartling are in custody. Their trial is scheduled to last two weeks, but is expected to end early.

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